The Other Guys may not hit a homerun in the comedy department but as someone who hasn’t been the biggest Will Ferrell fan throughout his star-making career, I thought it was funny enough from beginning to end.
Genre(s): Comedy, Action, Crime
Sony | PG13/UR – 116 min. – $38.96 | December 14, 2010
Directed by: Adam McKay
Writer(s): Adam McKay & Chris Henchy (written by)
Cast: Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Michael Keaton, Steve Coogan, Ray Stevenson, Samuel L. Jackson, Dwayne Johnson
Theatrical Release Date: August 6, 2010
Features: Audio Commentary, Featurettes, Deleted/Extended Scenes, Outtakes, Line-O-Rama, Music Video, Digital Copy, DVD Copy, movieIQ, BD-Live
Number of Discs: 2
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), French (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Portuguese (DTS-HD MA 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish, Hindi
THE MOVIE – 3.75/5
Plot: Misfit NYPD detectives Allen Gamble (WILL FERRELL) and Terry Holtz (MARK WAHLBERG) are sentenced to life behind the desk. They hate each other and the monotony of their meaningless jobs, as they’re forced to live in the shadow of the two biggest and most badass cops on the force (SAMUEL L. JACKSON, DWAYNE JOHNSON). But when those guys go down for the count, opportunity knocks for Gamble and Holtz. Stumbling onto what could be one of the biggest crimes in years, can The Other Guys step up their game to solve the case without killing each other and destroying NYYC in the process?
I’ve never been a particular fan of Will Ferrell outside of Old School and uncredited roles in Wedding Crashers and Starsky & Hutch plus skits playing George W. Bush on “Saturday Night Live”. He’s reteaming with Anchorman and Talladega Nights director Adam McKay and while both of those movies found success both at the box office and with audiences, I would hardly call myself a fan of either film, although Anchorman has its moments, just not a complete comedy. So going into The Other Guys, I didn’t have high hopes yet like most things in life, you can be surprised and this movie certainly did that.
What makes the movie work, like so many other buddy (or for much of this film, enemy) cop movies is the chemistry that develops between the actors and their characters. For instance, I feel that the Lethal Weapon sequels, well, stink story-wise but thanks to Danny Glover and Mel Gibson, you got two actors who worked well together on the screen. Now we get Will Ferrell known for his off-the-wall characters/antics (and they can be quite annoying when taken too far) and Mark Wahlberg whose primarily been a dramatic actor (in fact he’s receiving Oscar buzz with his role in The Fighter), that dynamic helps drive the film and keep it afloat even during the times when the plot tends to meander from one scene to the next.
The supporting cast McKay and company assemble (Ferrell also served as producer) is also pretty good, each providing just enough to allow Ferrell and Wahlberg to do their thing. Eva “Mrs. Movieman” Mendes is still pretty hot (though does not come close to her appearance in The Spirit) while it’s great to see Michael Keaton who doesn’t seem to appear in many Hollywood movies nowadays with his last live action appearance was in 2005 with White Noise and Herbie Fully Loaded (he was in a couple direct-to-video flicks as well as lending his voice talents to Pixar in Toy Story 3 and Cars).
As one would expect, The Other Guys also pokes fun at the buddy-cop action films especially during a great opening sequence which follows a hotshot cop duo played by Samuel L. Jackson and Dwayne Johnson tearing through New York City and, as a reporter later states, causing $12 million in damages all over a misdemeanor pot possession, and yet the city and press loves them for their vigor and ultimate kickass-ness.
Now, some of the jokes don’t exactly land and in one instance isn’t timely such as the case later in the film when Keaton’s character, a stern police captain, makes references to TLC lyrics and when called out on it by Ferrell, has no idea what he’s talking about. Yeah, as a TLC fan it’s kind of funny but the running joke quickly runs out of steam. Outside of that instance, I did laugh at many of the other jokes and even as Ferrell himself who, as I mentioned before, I’ve never found that hilarious as others have.
The Other Guys is a funny action-comedy and while it isn’t entirely consistent from beginning to end, there was more than enough laughs that I can easily recommend the movie for fans and non-fans of Ferrell and his type of comedy.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.75/5
BLU-RAY EXCLUSIVES – 4/5
This release comes in a side-latching BD case with a semi-glossy slip cover.
This release includes the Extended and Theatrical Versions with the extended version running about 9-minutes longer. This version has some stronger sexual innuendos which probably would’ve brought the film an R-rating, albeit a soft one. On the Blu-ray you do have the option of watching the movie with an extended footage marker (** Blu-ray Exclusive **) which helps denote exactly what was placed in there.
The “Mom”-mentary – It comes to no surprise that the McKay/Ferrell combo would come up with a unique commentary just as they did with Anchorman (which I found highly annoying). This time we get commentary from Adam McKay, writer Chris Henchy and Will Ferrell’s mothers. It’s certainly an unusual track and obviously you’re not going to get insights into the making of the movie but there’s a fun factor to it anyway. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Line-O-Rama (8:56; HD) – A staple on many frat pack Blu-ray and DVD releases here you get a running of lines for various scenes. Some of these are actually pretty dang funny. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Gag Reel (6:17; HD) – Admittedly, I’m a fan of the blooper reels and when you get people like Ferrell, Wahlberg, Jackson, etc cracking up, for some reason I laugh as well. Yeah, I need help. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Deleted & Extended Scenes (30:24; HD) – All together we get 18 deleted and/or extended scenes (13 of which are ** Blu-ray Exclusives **) including an alternate ending. These aren’t anything special but on its own, a few of them are funny.
Flash Forwards (1:45; HD) – A parody of the flash forwards on “Lost” they show scenes from the movie and flash forward with certain extras and show how that scene impacted them. The feature has a couple cameos including Donald Trump and Paris Hilton. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Alternate Action (2:42; HD) – I guess this is just extra footage from the big action sequences used throughout the film. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Wasn’t That??? (15:00; HD) goes over the cast including Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Derrick Jeter, Dwayne Johnson, Samuel L. Jackson and all the rest. It’s a basic featurette where Adam McKay goes over each one of them and also features comments from other cast members talking about their own character. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Crash and Burn! (10:06; HD) covers the numerous action scenes and mixing in the comedy into it. In between the comments from members of the cast and crew we get the inside story on how some of the scenes were shot and the influences on them (one example was Beverly Hills Cop).
Why Are There Brits in this Movie? (6:41; HD) – In yet another, well, interesting feature title, this is a mock featurette where McKay and Steve Coogan mock one another with McKay saying Coogan had no idea what he was doing on the set since he was from the UK while Coogan reveals McKay’s adult film collection. This goes into other Brits working on the film including behind the camera. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Rob Riggle Likes to Party (2:32; HD) – Actor Rob Riggle provides some downtime comedy in between takes talking about… well, I have no friggin’ clue. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
We Shouldn’t Kiss Chicken (1:16; HD) is a game they played on the set where you find someone should shouldn’t kiss and each one moves in and the person who chickens out loses. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Mark Wahlberg’s Eating Contest Entourage (3:33; HD) – Mark Wahlberg brings in an extreme eater from Boston and gives a background of their friendship and how he prepares for an eating contest. ** Blu-ray Exclusive **
Bed Bath and Way Beyond (4:06; HD) profiles Michael Keaton and casting him in the role of the police captain. Keaton and McKay talk back and forth about the part and the character’s second job at Bed Bath and Beyond. The featurette also includes some raw film dailies of his scene there.
There’s also the Lendl Global Commercial (0:39; HD), the music video (3:50; HD) for “Pimps Don’t Cry” sung by Eva Mendes and Cee Lo Green for ‘Funny or Die’, and Everybody Hates the DVD Guy (4:47; HD) which mocks the dude who carries the camera and captures behind-the-scenes footage. All of these are ** Blu-ray Exclusives **.
Disc 1 round out with previews for The Social Network, Salt and Easy A.
On the second disc is the DVD/Digital Copy Combo Disc. The DC is a ** Blu-ray Exclusive **.
VIDEO – 4.25/5
The Other Guys is presented with a 2.40 aspect ratio and in 1080p high-definition (MPEG-4 AVC codec). First off, this isn’t a visually striking movie even during the various action scenes and the occasional explosion but details are pretty sharp throughout, colors seem to be well balanced and black levels also look fairly good as well. So while I don’t think the picture pops off the screen in comparison with other Blu-rays, it’s still a solid visual presentation.
AUDIO – 4/5
Given this is an action-comedy I was a bit surprised that this didn’t have a more dynamic soundtrack. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is often enough effective for crisp and clear dialogue from the center and front channels and some of the sound effects make use of the rear channels, it’s during the explosions where it seems the LFE doesn’t quite hit the mark. That being said, it’s still a good track just nothing noteworthy.
OVERALL – 3.75/5
Overall, The Other Guys may not hit a homerun in the comedy department but as someone who hasn’t been the biggest Will Ferrell fan throughout his star-making career, I thought it was funny enough from beginning to end. As with most Ferrell Blu-ray releases – and Judd Apatow ones for that matter – the disc has a good amount of features though this time there isn’t a comprehensive ‘making-of’ just a bunch of side featurettes that cover different aspects of the filmmaking process. I can’t completely recommend the film since some of the jokes don’t completely land but I’d say it’s still worth a rental.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman